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Civil Society groups have responded to the long awaited release of the UN High Level Panel’s report to the UN Secretary General on the post 2015 development framework with disappointment. While the report aspires to eradicate extreme poverty and promote sustainable development it has failed to put forward meaningful recommendations or targets that would challenge the economic systems that fuel inequalities and environmental degradation according to diverse civil society groups from around the world.
As the intergovernmental Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) meets this week in New York to discuss food security, nutrition, sustainable agriculture, desertification and land degradation, the Campaign on People’s Goals for Sustainable Development calls the OWG's attention to the alarming impacts of neoliberal policies on agriculture and on peoples’ food sovereignty.
An op-ed article written by IBON International/Campaign for People's Goals on Sustainable Development has been published in the Guardian. The article challenges the status quo of the post-2015 development agenda, in which civil society's meaningful participation is at risk.
“Even the United Nations now sees the risk of a synchronized global economic downturn in 2013-2014.” This was one of the more interesting messages presented at a recent forum on international trends and prospects at the College of Mass Communications Auditorium, University of the Philippines Diliman.
In the face of Doha's failure and worsening climate change impacts, social movements, civil society and communities in the North and the South must reinvigorate efforts to organize and mobilize people, resist false solutions, resist operations of big business that contribute to climate change, build alternative systems, and set the world on the path to sustainability from the ground up.
The US often projects a self-ascribed role of acting for the benefit of others in the world. At COP18 it, along with the EU, must move beyond a concern for its interests alone, and live up to its obligation to act for the other people inhabiting this planet. The world’s richest have both the responsibility and power to breath life into a process they have done much to stall – at the expense of the world’s poorest. If they do not, then the cost, which will be measured in human lives, will be on their shoulders.
As COP18 slowly draws to a close, much doubt remains as to whether agreement on immediate and meaningful measures to tackle climate change will be reached--hardened by unconfirmed reports that UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon may convene a High-Level Forum on Climate Change in 2014, which could take the momentum away from the COP process with ministers reluctant to make commitments in advance of the high-level forum.
It has become obvious that the continued lack of mitigation ambition and inadequate resources to implement adaptation actions are causing increasing suffering and significant loss and damages of assets and properties in poor and vulnerable countries. M. Shamsuddoha, Chief Executive of the Center for Participatory Research and Development (CPRD), reports on the state of expected COP-18 deliverables on "loss and damage".
As the first week of UNFCCC COP18 in Doha, Qatar draws to a close, fault lines between developed and developing countries are becoming clearer.
The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is seen to be the subject of yet more intense debates at the UNFCCC's COP-18 climate change talks in Doha.